University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum, Madison

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Wildlife Area · Hidden Gem · Jogging Path
The University of Wisconsin–Madison Arboretum is a teaching and research facility of the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the site of historic research in ecological restoration. In addition to its 1,260 acres (5 km2) in Madison, Wisconsin (located about four miles from the main campus of the University of Wisconsin–Madison), the Arboretum also manages 520 acres (210 ha) of remnant forests and prairies throughout Wisconsin. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2021, in recognition for its role as a pioneer in the field of ecological restoration.
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  • This arboretum is huge with lots of blue birds, wild turkeys and even deer! Every season is great with all the color and scents you expect. There are plenty of ponds, hiking trails and the visitor.....  more »
  • The facility has free parking. I visited during the COVID-19 pandemic and the visitors' center was closed and I did not get the full experience. The grounds are huge with many walking trails. There...  more »
  • What an awesome treat. I'm not sure if this is a popular destination but it sure should be. Especially considering it's free and open to public. A colorful escape in the middle of Madison. You could spend several hours just taking pictures and admiring of all the vibrant plants you see here. The gardens were fantastic. The trails were okay and well I'm not sure about the pond thou lol
  • Pretty as heck. I haven't been there in the fall, but if summer is any indication, it must be beautiful. A must-visit for local nature lovers.
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